Aug. 21--Pilot Club concerts wrap for season
The Jacksonville Pilot Club wraps up its 2014 Concerts in the Park season this Sunday with a performance by the Land of Lincoln Chorus. The concert starts at 6 p.m. at the big bandstand in Community Park. Those attending the show are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating and snacks or a meal to enjoy during the free event.
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It's audition time at the Playhouse
Playhouse on the Square will have auditions at 10 a.m. Saturday for its upcoming children's production, "Alice in Wonderland." Director Laurie McCoy and assistant Kim Shafer are looking to cast around 20 children, ages kindergarten through eighth grade and divided evenly between boys and girls, to bring to life the characters of Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter, among others. The play will be staged Oct. 17-19 and 24-26 at the Playhouse. For more information, contact the Playhouse at 217-491-3977.
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JTG's 'Broadway' musical continues
The Jacksonville Theatre Guild musical "Give My Regards to Broadway" continues this weekend at the Nichols Park pavilion. The show follows two men as they try to stage a Broadway show without money, thinking they'll find investors if they can get a star to accept the play's lead role. While the star's opinion of that plan doesn't quite mesh with their own, the men find their efforts further complicated by the arrival of a bookie who's trying to hide from the mob and thinks the theater is a good place to do just that. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday at and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children, are available through the JTG office at 217-245-1402 or at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime.
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Youth Symphony auditions upcoming
Here's a reminder that the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony will have auditions for its upcoming season from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in downtown Springfield. Student musicians from elementary through high school may apply. SVYS performs several times during the school year, including fall, winter and spring concerts. All orchestra levels have openings for string players. The top ensemble, the Youth Symphony, has openings for string, woodwind, brass and percussion players. Acceptance is by audition only. There is a $5 non-refundable audition fee. Those interested in auditioning should go online to www.svys.org to sign up for an audition time slot. Students should be prepared to demonstrate their skills by playing scales, sight-reading and performing two solos. The solos do not have to be memorized. No accompanist is allowed. For more information, contact SVYS.
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